Visayas: More Urban Than You Know

Many people prefer living in urban rather than rural areas, especially those employed full-time or have children who go to school. There’s no thinking twice if you can afford the cost of living in the city, right? When asked among Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao, the majority would go for Luzon. This is because many people are still unaware of the many urbanized cities in the last two choices. Continue reading to know about the many urbanized cities in Visayas.

Urban vs. rural cities

First, let us discuss what it means for a city to be urbanized. Collins defines an urbanized country or area as one that has many buildings, industry, and businesses. On the other hand, an urbanized population consists of people who live and work in a town. In the recorded 92.3 million population of Filipinos in 2010, 41.9 million lived in urban areas, while 50.5 million settled in rural areas. What can you stay about this statistic?

Panorama of Cebu City. Cebu is the Philippines second most significant metropolitan centre and main domestic shipping port.

This is one of the reasons Philippines is still a ‘third world’ country. However, a report titled, “Philippines Urbanization Review: Fostering Competitive, Sustainable and Inclusive Cities” gives hope. It states that the country is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in East Asia, although it is at a critical juncture. So, the government should fast-track its projects related to increasing the number of urbanized cities in the Philippines. And so far, it is doing a good job urbanizing cities in Visayas.

Focusing on Visayas

If you currently live in Luzon and is considering to relocate, most likely you’d choose Visayas over Mindanao since it is nearer to your origin. There are also more urbanized cities in the region. Central Visayas, for one, consists of four provinces namely Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor, and three highly urbanized cities: Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue. Where should you move to? You may choose among cities in the two major island provinces of Cebu and Bohol.

Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City are all developing fast. It would be easy for you to find a property or condominium in these cities. Looking for a job wouldn’t be a problem as well. You can get in the many thriving businesses without the congestion of Manila. There are also many universities and colleges in Central Visayas such as University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Cebu Institute of Medicine, and St. Paul University, Dumaguete in case you’re thinking about your schooling kids.

Cebu City flight boarding now in the airport terminal. Travelling to Philippines conceptual, 3D

What won’t change

Other major things you’d still enjoy when you finally make the big move are the mass media and transportation. Cebu City has access to the large media networks such as ABS-CBN, GMA Network, TV5, People’s Television Network, and CNN Philippines. Your family can enjoy the local news, public affairs, entertainment shows, and drama series you’re tuned into in Manila. As for transportation, say you pick Cebu, you’d be near ports and Mactan-Cebu International Airport – the country’s second busiest airport servicing international flights. Feel excited yet?

Finding a house in Cebu

So to get started, you may begin by searching for developments in Central Visayas. Some of the biggest names in the real estate industry such as Megaworld, Ayala Land, and Alveo have unveiled their projects in Cebu. These are all in close proximity to business hubs, hospitals, and the important, major establishments. You can arrange everything before you even go there by visiting their offices in Manila. Just take time to explore all options until you find the perfect fit and ask the important questions until everything is cleared to you and your family.

Finding a house in Bohol

Have you been to Panglao, Bohol? It’s probably one of the best cities in the country. It offers the best of both worlds – serenity, and urbanization. If you’re just thinking about where to buy a property you can stay at for vacations, you can’t go wrong with Bohol. You can own a 1-storey single detached house for less than 3 million pesos and a 4-bedroom house and lot for less than 4 million pesos.

As they say, “life is not meant to be lived in one place.” If you’re wondering whether buying a property in Visayas is a good idea and want to keep the urban lifestyle, go for Central Visayas. As mentioned in this article, it’s more urban than you know. If you do, you’re helping the government in its urbanization project, while enjoying the perks. Hitting two birds with one stone, it is!


Disclaimer: This particular content is initiated by Lamudi, the leading online Real-Estate platform in the Philippines, thus consider this post as sponsored.

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